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More and more videos and photos showing the presence of radical militants in Nagorno-Karabakh region appear online. These are members of Turkish-backed militant groups deployed from Syria to support Azerbaijan in its war with Armenia.
We seem to have our first video of Syrian mercenaries fighting in Artsakh and fearing for his life under shells raining down on him. Guess what he yells.
These motherfuckers must have gotten lost on their Caspian cruise vacation. pic.twitter.com/aJTtTlnTO8
— Serge (@Zinvor) October 3, 2020
Another showed Syrian militants wearing Azerbaijan army uniforms.
Videos were released, the alleged transportation of Turkish military cargo to Azerbaijan disguised as trucks through the territory of Georgia, accompanied by the Georgian police. On the 10th truck in the column is written Baytaktar.
So far, only photographs of those who have allegedly been killed on the frontline have been published, but no videos of them actually fighting.
Azerbaijan released a video of its forces targeting and destroying Armenian equipment.
Baku’s side also published a video showing how Armenian attacks were purportedly deterred during night time.
Finally, a video was published of an alleged Armenian provocation.
It should be reminded that Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) president Araik Harutyunyan took up arms and went to the front.
“I call on everyone to immediately stand up for our Motherland and take part in the holy war. The nation and homeland are under threat. That’s why I am now going to the front line with special forces to fight from my side, because I will be more valuable on the front line than in the rear”, said Harutyunyan.
On the frontline itself, Harutyunyan also addressed the present troops.
“We must understand that not only the future of Artsakh and Armenia, but also the future of the Armenian people depends on each of us. Rest assured, we will win,” he said.
The head of the Artsakh Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church, Archbishop Pargev Martirosyan, appealed to the people and called on all Armenians in the world to unite and stand up for the defense of Artsakh.
A video showed journalists trying to take cover when Azerbaijani artillery shelled Stepanakert for the third time on October 3rd alone.
“Azerbaijan uses long – range missiles to destroy civil infrastructure, which can cause an environmental disaster,” former press secretary of the Ministry of Defence of Armenia Artsrun Hovhannisyan said.
“There are fierce battles. The enemy suffered losses in manpower and equipment. The Azerbaijani Armed Forces are targeting rear localities, including Stepanakert,” the Artsakh Defense Army said.
It also added that the enemy continued to violate “all written and unwritten” laws of war.
The Armenian Ministry of Defense released a new video showing Azerbaijani positions.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Artsakh called on the world community to recognize the independence of the Republic.
Azerbaijanis living in Iran gathered along the border and filmed the destruction of the Azerbaijani army. The video shows the depressed state of the audience.
Finally, it appears that the Azerbaijan army is attempting a large-scale attack, but the Armenian forces appear capable in repelling it.
“The Artsakh Defense Army managed to stop a large-scale enemy attack that started today. In one direction, our forces counterattacked. In other parts, there are heavy defensive battles, Defense Ministry spokesperson Shushan Stepanyan said.
As of October 3, there are no indications that the Armenian-Azerbaijani war may end anytime soon by reaching some kind of ceasefire. Instead, Azerbaijan with help from Turkey has been pushing towards a military victory over Armenia in the contested Nagorno-Karbakh region. At the same time, the Armenian unwillingness to recognize the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic or officially integrate the territory into its own state left no formal ground for its allies to provide it with a military support in this conflict. The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) pact stays for the protection of Armenia in the event of an attack on its sovereign territory only.
However, the increasing presence of radical militants on the Nagorno-Karakbah frontline could become an important factor that will change this situation and became a formal ground for some third party (France, which is in a deep conflict with Turkey, or Russia) to intervene in the conflict on the side of Armenia. For example, the presence of terrorists near its borders is a red line for Russia, which it would not tolerate. In particular, one of the strategic goals of the Russian campaign in Syria is to prevent the future expansion of terrorists to the Caucasus, closer to Russian borders. It is surprising that the Turkish leadership does not understand or ignores this fact. Some sources say that the Erdogan government has just become used to the format of warfare with an intense usage of cheap jihadist manpower supported by special forces, artillery and combat drones.
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